More than 7000 melanomas are diagnosed annually among US adolescents and young adults (AYAs, defined as 15-39 years old at diagnosis),1 resulting in a large constituency of AYA survivors. This population is understudied and at higher risk of subsequent melanomas compared with older populations.2 Because risk remains elevated beyond 2 decades after an initial melanoma,2 annual physician-based skin examinations (PSEs) are recommended.3 Thus, suboptimal PSE adherence is a concern among AYA melanoma survivors,4 and barriers to health care and/or PSE access need identification. We examined associations between barriers and lack of PSEs in a population-based sample of young melanoma survivors.
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Wojcik KY, Miller KA, Wysong A, et al. Barriers to Physician-Based Skin Examinations for Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Melanoma in the Project Forward Study. JAMA Dermatol. Published online June 09, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.1850
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